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Meet Our Workshop Instructors

Andrew Woodhouse

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      Andrew Woodhouse was born in Birmingham, England. As a teenager Andrew moved to Ontario along with his parents and later graduated from Communication and Design & Fine Art at OCAD in Toronto, then began his professional career as an illustrator. His clients included: McDonalds, Hallmark, Polo Ralph Lauren, Government of Canada, Woolworths, ABC Network as well as many book and magazine publishers worldwide. Andrew quickly got bored with two dimensions and transitioned to 3D CG animation in the mid 1990's, and has never looked back.

 

      Acting as mainly an art director, but also on occasion as modelor, surfacer, matte painter, lighter, compositor and layout artist, various projects include "Monster House", Disney's "The Wild", Elton John's "Gnomeo and Juliet", "9" "Spiderman III" "Next Gen" and "Ugly Dolls". Getting bored again, Andrew recently moved into directing. Thirty six episodes of the pre-school series "Pretzel and the Puppies" for Apple TV + Premium were completed recently, about a family of cute Dachshunds based loosely on the books by Margaret Rey, and following the pre-school learning curriculum of problem solving and positive portrayals in media. An added challenge was remotely dealing with all aspects of the production pipeline and people due to the pandemic. Andrew is no longer bored.

Anne-Marie Perrotta

Anne-Marie Perrotta is a Montreal-based screenwriter, executive story editor, and creator who has had over 700 scripts produced for television. An amazing feat despite the fact her dogs ask to be let out every five minutes to bark at real and imaginary squirrels.

 

Series like Arthur, Ranger Rob, Max & Ruby, Toon Marty and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Anne-Marie was also an Executive Story Editor and writer on 51 episodes of the live-action series Big Top Academy (Discovery Kids Latin America/TVO/Cirque du Soleil Images/Hulu).And that despite her birds squawking their heads off to be fed. In addition to her zoo-keeping duties, Anne-Marie has developed many animation and live-action series for producers and broadcasters around the world. She is the Quebec Councillor for the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) as well as a founding member of Femmes Animées Montréal(FAM!). In 2013, Anne-Marie won the WGC’s highest honour, the Writers Block Award, for service to Canadian screenwriters .If you don’t hear from her, please send help–the animals may have taken over.

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Ari Wise

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Ari Wise is the owner and director of Core Music Agency, Canada’s largest talent agency focusing on film, television and games composers. Before establishing his agency, Ari Wise was himself an award-winning film composer, with over 200 features, TV Movies, live and animated episodes of television, documentaries and short films to his credit. Some highlights include: "The Conclave" starring Brian Blessed and James Faulkner, "Police Academy, the Series" and "School of Life", starring Ryan Reynolds.

 

A graduate of the University of British Columbia's Music Composition program, and a graduate of USC's world famous, "Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television" Advanced Studies Program, Ari has spent the last 14 years representing a stellar and exclusive roster of talented and successful screen composers. To date, he and his fellow Core agents have negotiated more than 900 composer agreements. His passion for the art and business of music in film has brought him to lead and participate in film festival industry forums and discussion panels all over Canada. As well, he has been interviewed for, and been the subject of featured articles in some of the industry's leading publications. Ari currently serves on the board of directors for the Vancouver Post Alliance.

Barbara Dawson

Barbara Dawson is an “Industry Veteran” with almost 30 years of experience in CG and 2D Animation Televisions and Film projects. Barbara has worked as a Producer and Artist Manager and has her own business (CG Scout Inc) which provides Recruiting, and Production Consulting. Throughout her career she has worked with Mainframe, Atomic Cartoons, Wildbrain, Digital Domain, Pixar Canada and ILM. She spent many years teaching interview skills and demo reel creation and VFS, Think Thank and Lost Boys Learning and has given seminars at NYU and Le Goblens. Her career has taken her from Vancouver to San Francisco and back again, and she is now semi-retired in Penticton BC

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Candice Huddleston Nieson

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I am currently a Vice President with Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc., in the Vancouver Office.


Having worked exclusively in the insurance industry for 30+ years, with more than a decade focusing on the Film & Entertainment Field.
I don’t see myself as a typical insurance broker, but rather a business partner with my client’s.  By learning about my client’s niche businesses and identifying their concerns, and coverage needs I work to arrange the best insurance options for them.


I also focus on the supervisory duties for the Vancouver Office, which includes staff mentoring, education and career development.
I am very pleased to be working with the ACE program to provide informative insurance workshops and look forward to assisting both ACE and it’s participants.

Cinzia Angelini

      Cinzia Angelini, director and creator of animated films, has worked for major international studio sin the animation industry for more than twenty-five years. While she started out as both a 2D and 3D animator, she later became a story artist for Warner Brothers, Sony Imageworks, Duncan Studio, Disney Animation Studios, Dreamworks and Illumination Entertainment. Her body of work includes Balto, Prince of Egypt, The Road to Eldorado, Spirit, Spider-man 2,Bolt, The Minions Movie, Despicable Me 3, The Grinch and Abominable.

 

      Cinzia is currently directing HITPIG, an Aniventure upcoming animated feature produced at Cinesite Studios.Cinzia has also written and directed “Mila,” a CG short film about a little girl, whose life takes an unexpected turn in WWII.Her idea of bridging cultural diversity through the magic of animation, led to an invitation to speak at TEDx Trento, and at TEDx Vail-Colorado.Cinzia moved to Los Angeles in 1997, where she currently lives with her family.

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Colleen Holub

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      As a kid, I’d entertain myself for hours with paper and pencils, drawing, dreaming up characters and making up stories within the drawings.  One summer day, by chance I saw an ad for artists and landed a job as an Opaquer on the feature film The Nutcracker Prince. Working in an animation studio was and still remains a fun and inspiring place to be. I was hooked! As soon as possible, I registered for an animation program with a college in Ontario. I wanted to learn how to animate. With a lot of elbow grease I succeeded in turning my love of drawing and storytelling into a career in animation. From my first job as a Cel Painter on a 2D traditionally animated feature to current work as Series Director of a 3D CGI animated series, I’ve had the great fortune to work on wonderful projects with talented fun-loving people, creating entertaining and educational programing for Netflix, Mattel, Dreamworks Animation TV, PBS Kids, Klasky Csupo, Nickelodeon, Walt Disney TV and more.

 

      In 2011 I was nominated for a Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing In An Animated Program for my work on Martha Speaks. In 2015 How It Happened In Hotterly Hollow, a children’s book in which I designed the illustrations won the Silver Metal Wishing Shelf Award for best illustration of preschool picture books. In 2001 What About Mimi? a tv series that I developed and directed won the Pulcinella Award for Best Animated Series for Children. And in 2001 I was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Direction in An Animated Series on  What About Mimi?.

Hannah Hong

Hannah is Relationship Manager at RBC, with expertise in film and TV interim tax credit financing. Over the past few years, Hannah found her passion in the intersection of finance and the entertainment industry.

 

Her journey in the media and entertainment space started when she recognized the significant impact that tax credits have on the financial viability on productions.  

 

Hannah and her team help in areas of production financing, foreign currency hedging, and talent acquisition and retention for Media and Entertainment clients by providing a needs-based strategy for continued business success in the ever-changing world of the entertainment industry.

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Heather Renney

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Heather Renney has 25+ years of experience in animation production and currently is a Supervising Producer at Atomic Cartoons. She has worked on many award-winning productions, most notably the Peabody Award-winning (2019) and Emmy nominated Molly of Denali for PBS/GBH.

Heather is passionate about advocating for the advancement of women and BIPOC people within the industry, and does this by creating internship opportunities for underrepresented groups at Atomic. In addition to her role at Atomic, Heather serves on the Board of Directors at VIVO Media Arts and volunteers for the Women in Animation Vancouver ACE Program as Associate Producer.

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Irina Race

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Irina Race is a seasoned Senior Relationship Manager at RBC, specializing in Film and Media. With a keen focus on tax credits financing and strategies, Irina brings extensive experience and expertise to her role. Her dedication to navigating the complexities of tax credits ensures that her clients maximize their financial opportunities in the ever-evolving landscape of the entertainment industry.

 

With a strong background in finance and a passion for the arts, Irina is committed to helping her clients achieve their goals while fostering long-lasting partnerships.

Jan Miller

Jan Miller is an international consultant and trainer specializing in film and television co-production and co-venturing. She also continues to present one of the world’s top Content Development & Pitching Workshops. She has offered her workshops and programming in close to 20 countries around the world and across Canada.

 

A talent that makes things happen, Jan was one of the driving forces behind setting up Canada’s first film school, the National Screen Institute (NSI). She also co designed and presented the Strategic Partners International Co-production Market, Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP), and was lead on the design and delivery of CMPA’s international Coproduction Accelerator Program. She established the Women in Film and Television-Atlantic Chapter and its annual Women Making Waves conference.. She also co-designed and presented several iterations of Women in View’s Five in Focus training opportunities, primarily for underrepresented communities, including one specifically for female animators, as well as the 2021 iteration, Five in Focus Indigenous. Jan has recently designed programs or developed training components focusing on content for the BSO, the Lunenburg DocFest Diversity programs, WIFT-T and the NSI. Jan presently serves on the Women in View Board Executive , the WIFT Canada Coalition, completed a term on the AFC Board and serves on the CSARN Board.

 

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Jan Stebbins

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Jan is an animation producer with over 19 years of experience in development and production.  In addition to servicing a roster of clients through her consulting business, she works with emerging talent to develop and pitch new animated series.   
 
Previously, she was the Executive Producer of Hornet Films, an award-winning development and production company located in New York.  She oversaw all development and production of original animated content for film, television, and web.  Prior to running the original content division, she was the Executive Producer for parent company, Hornet, which produces award-winning commercial projects.  Prior to Exec Producing, Jan was a producer for Hornet and worked on a variety of animated and mixed-media productions.
 
Before joining Hornet, Jan managed preschool animated series production at Chorion.   She began her career in the creative development department of Sesame Workshop, working in part on the redevelopment of The Electric Company.  Jan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Fordham University.  Credits include Sherwood, Olivia, The Mr. Men Show, and The Octonauts.  
 
Jan is a current undergraduate faculty member at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she teaches a class entitled “Developing the Animated Series.”

Jessica Brunson

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Joe Giampapa

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      With 30 years of experience in the animation industry, Joe Giampapa is currently the Studio Head of Story at House of Cool Inc. in Toronto, Canada.He has worked as a Story Artist on projects such as The Book of Life, Ferdinand, Angry Birds1 & 2, The Peanuts Movie, Next Gen, Rumble, and most recently as Head of Story on Paw Patrol the Movie. Before becoming a Story Artist, Joe started his journey as a paper flipping, classical animator working in Television, Commercials and on 2D Features. A lot of trees were sacrificed while Joe worked on films such as Beauty and the Beast 2, Once Upon a Christmas, Peter Pan 2, Osmosis Jones,The Three Kings, Eight Crazy Nights,and many more.

 

      But that's not all folks! Scattered throughout his career, Joe has also done voice work, written for television, worked on character concept designs for Television and Features, and worked in Story Development. Joe's secret to a long and happy career is "if it feels like work, you're doing it wrong", but also "don't stick your finger in a live electrical outlet". Either way, with those life mottos, you will be around for a long time.

Karen Lloyd

      Growing up in Montreal, Karen showed a talent for drawing cartoons and animals at a very young age. She later enrolled in the Illustration & Design program at Dawson College and started her 10 year career as a graphic designer. In 1996 she made a big change to pursue her life-long adoration of animation by attending Vancouver Film School in their Classical Animation program. While also having a love of acting and comedy, Karen soon discovered she had a 'knack' for storyboarding. Out of school, she starting working as a storyboard artist and stayed on that path for 16 years working on various animated TV shows and direct to DVD projects. In 2013 she got her first directing opportunity at Rainmaker Entertainment (Mainframe Studios) with 'Barbie and the Secret Door' followed by 'Barbie in Rock N Royals'. She kept directing on other long and short form projects at Kickstart Entertainment such as 'Ghost Patrol', an 'Enchantimals' special and series for Mattel and a number of 'Hatchimals' series for Spin Master.


       She then returned to Mainframe Studios at the end of 2019 to be series director on 'Team Zenko Go' in collaboration with Dreamworks Animation and Netflix. After also being a storyboard instructor at Vancouver Film School for many years, Karen continues to have a love for teaching and mentoring others in the craft of visual storytelling.

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Katherine Sandford

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Katherine’s work for children includes hundreds of hours of stories that have been broadcast around the world on PBS, Nickelodeon, Netflix, Sprout, Disney Jr., BBC, ITV, CBC, TVO, Treehouse, ABC (Australia) TVNZ (New Zealand) and many others. Katherine has been nominated for multiple Writers Guild awards and worked on some of the most recognized shows in children’s television including Molly of Denali, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Corn and Peg, Little Charmers, Ranger Rob Max and Ruby, Franklin, Franny’s Feet, Justin Time and many, many others.

 

As Producer she worked on the multi-award-winning The Adventures of Napkin Man and The Moblees, both for CBC and was Executive Story Editor on the PBS preschool science show Elinor Wonders Why which was nominated for two Emmys in2021.In 2022 Katherine was thrilled to work as Consulting Producer/Executive Story Editor on the adorable new CBC show Mittens and Pants, as well as working as the Head Writer on a new yet-be-announced series of shorts that will be a part of Season 54 of SESAME STREET!

Katie Wilson

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Kim Hsu Guise

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Kim Hsu Guise (she/her/elle) is the Feature Film Executive, Western Region for Telefilm Canada. Kim has over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry as a lawyer, business affairs advisor and production executive. She has a full spectrum of experience including negotiating production-related deal terms, assessing project pitches for financing, setting strategic direction, and building and leading a diverse team of industry experts.
 
Before joining Telefilm in June 2022, Kim was a consultant, advising clients on career development strategies with an equity, diversity and inclusion lens. Before that, Kim was the Director of Local Content at TELUS and the Executive in Charge of Production for TELUS Original Programming and STORYHIVE, overseeing a multi-million dollar portfolio supporting BC and Alberta filmmakers and cultural organizations. She played a key role in setting TELUS’ local content strategy and enabling TELUS to become an innovator and leader in local programming and the creative industries.
 
Prior to TELUS, Kim was an investment analyst in the western office of Telefilm Canada, where she was a member of a multidisciplinary team that delivered legal and business affairs expertise in all aspects of the development and production financing of screen-based projects. Before Telefilm, Kim was a financial services lawyer at a national business law firm with a practice that combined secured lending and entertainment law.
 
Kim has been recognized for her work. She was the recipient of the 2018 Women in Film and Television Vancouver Bron Iris Award which is awarded to a person who has demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of women creators and their screen-based works either through curating or programming, or through print and online media sources. Kim is also a 2016 Canadian Screen Award winner as the Executive Producer, Best Web Program or Series, Non-Fiction for "Secret Alberta: The Former Life of Amber Valley." 

Kulbinder Saran Caldwell 

REALLIFE is the first boutique literary agency and production company with a South Asian female-Kulbinder Saran Caldwell-as Founder/CEO representing diverse, neuro-diverse and LGBTQIA+ writers. REALLIFE incorporates adversity mandate within its core product offering. The company's vision is to have more BIPOC representation in the film/television industry and put the spotlight on diverse storytellers. Our premise is to provide a nurturing environment in which its writers can create high quality, award-winning content.

 

Along with being principal agent, Kulbinder also acts as a career manager, supporting writers to develop their projects by connecting them with various mentors, story editors and by organizing script table reads to strengthen content and provide the extra support many of these new and emerging writers need. The agency has been built and sustained through the dedication and tenacity of the founder.

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Lori Massini

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As General Counsel at Thunderbird Entertainment, Lori Massini works with the executive team to ensure that there is a high standard of legal compliance across the business and provides advice to business units across the company, while also continuing to oversee Thunderbird’s Legal and Business Affairs team.

 

Lori joined Thunderbird in 2021 and was most recently Senior Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs. Prior to that, she practiced entertainment law for more than 10 years, assisting numerous Canadian and American producers and studios with their legal and business affairs needs. Lori has acted as production counsel for original programming for networks such as Nickelodeon, Disney, Food Network and Discovery. She has extensive experience negotiating contracts for actors, directors, producers and crew, managing employment and labour issues, advising on corporate legal matters and overseeing complex financing arrangements. Lori has also created the online course, Producer Essentials: A Comprehensive Guide to Business Affairs and Production Law for Film and Television, with fellow entertainment lawyer Heather Watt, to help those interested in the field.

Maisha Moore

Maisha Moore is an Annie Award nominated Art Director and Production Designer from Vancouver Canada. Maisha has been in the animation industry for the last 13 years, working on globally recognized media such as The Addams Family, Barbie and Young Love.

 

Maisha the Art Director of the inaugural Five in Focus program, now the ACE Career Accelerator. 

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Manpreet Dhillon

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Marcia Gwendolyn Jones

As a Feature Animation Producer, Marcia Gwendolyn Jones catalyzes creative vision from script to screen.  Known as “The Closer,” Marcia delivers challenging projects on time and on or under budget, while balancing artistic goals and creative vision.  

 

Marcia creates high crew morale even under intense deadlines through great collaboration and communication, so that teams feel valued, supported, connected, thrive and do their best work.  Born and raised in New York, Marcia was an expat from 2013-2021, living and working in Canada, Ireland, and France.  In 2021 she returned to the US to join Skydance Animation and has also recently worked with Laika Studios as a Development Producer.   

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Marie McCann

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Marie McCann is the senior director of children's content for CBC Kids. McCann oversees development, production, acquisition and in-house production of award-winning content.As Canada's national public broadcaster, CBC is committed to excellence and innovation in children's and youth media and to reaching audiences across multiple platforms.

Mindy Johnson

Award-winning author, historian, filmmaker, and preeminent expert on women in early animation, Johnson’s groundbreaking book, Ink & Paint

The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, (Disney Editions) redefines our collective history.This essential volume casts a light on the thousands of unsung female artists behind the creative and technical advances within the animated art form. Recipient of the 2023 ASIFA June-Foray “Annie” Award, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences  AMPAS/Oscars.org Film Scholar Award, along with the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Educators Forum Grant, Mindy’s research continues into the earliest women of animation with several forthcoming books and film projects.

Most notably, she recently unearthed the oldest-surviving hand-drawn animated and directed films by a woman. This game-changing discovery of Bessie Mae Kelley and her early work at the dawn of animation re-defines the established understanding of our collective past. Kelley’s restored films debuted in their World Premiere at the Academy Motion Picture Museum in Los Angeles - 100 years after their creation.
Mindy’s young-reader volume entitled, Pencils, Pens & Brushes – A Great Girls’ Guide to Disney Animation, (Disney Press) celebrates the contributions of 20 remarkable women within early Disney animation and is a treasure for all ages. Hercritically acclaimed debut, Tinker Bell – An Evolution (Disney Editions) was honored with rare consecutive Family Choice Awards, and she is a contributing writer for the epicvolume, The Walt Disney Film Archives –The Animated Movies 1921-1968, (Taschen); as well as the celebrated collection, Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man, (Disney Editions).

 

A sought-after commentator, speaker, lecturer and panelist, Mindy explores a wide range of subjects within her presentations and appearances at numerous studios, campuses, international festivals, and conferences including: The Smithsonian Speakers Series, The Pordenone Silent Film Festival (Italy), Hippfest (Scotland), Ottawa International Animation Festival, NAFF Festival-Bosnia Herzegovina, Lucasfilm, Dreamworks, TCM ClassicFilm Festival, Film Forum-NYC, D23 Expo, ABC-Network Specials, San Diego ComiCon, CTN Expo, World Animation Festival and more. She has written for numerous international publications and produced record-breaking global campaigns for the film industry.

 

Mindy’s creative work extends to a wide range of film projects including associate producing the award-winning documentary Pencils vs. Pixels(2023), and creative work for a growing list of clients, including: AMPAS/Oscars.org, TCM/Turner Broadcasting, WNET/American Masters, SPARK Animation Fest-Vancouver, The Walt Disney Family Museum, The Walt Disney Company, HoriPro Entertainment, Pixar Studios, StageNine Exhibitions, Sony Animation, Primary Wave, SiriusXM Radio and more.
 

In addition to a background in network television and film production, Mindy is also an award-winning playwright, Grammy-nominated songwriter, musician, and a contributing artist on several internationally acclaimed recordings. When she isn’t speaking, researching, or writing on a myriad of subjects, Mindy also teaches film/animation studies, women’s animation history, screenwriting & intercultural film at CalArts, UCLA and other campuses in Southern CA, as well as Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.


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Monica Keen

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Monica Keen has worked at Telefilm Canada since 1991 in various capacities and funds.  She began as a development analyst, has also worked as a feature film analyst and is currently a business analyst.  

 

For the past 13 years she has worked primarily for the CTF and later the Canada Media Fund Program Administration team helping to administer a number of funds including the Aboriginal, POV, Diverse Language, Digital Linear Series and Performance Envelope Programs.

Nadine Westerbarkey

Nadine has been working in the Animation industry for over 25 years, with vast experience in film and television working with well-respected studios such as Walt Disney, Dreamworks, Universal, DHX, Bardel and Atomic Cartoons where she currently holds the responsibility of Studio Creative Director. In her current role Nadine oversees all productions and is very involved in setting up all upcoming shows, supporting the creative teams during development and production.

 

In 2021 Nadine was awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction award for her work in the animation community with the focus on authentic storytelling, diversity and inclusion. Through WIA and Atomic Nadine dedicates a lot of volunteer and mentorship work towards support for artists to enter into the industry and growth towards creative leadership roles.

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Patricia Atchison

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Following an Annie Award Nomination for Best Production Design for MGM’s animated feature film “The Addams Family” and wrapping production design for the sequel, “The Addams Family 2”,Patriciais currently helping develop new shows for Cinestite and Netflix. Her skills and knowledge come from the 20+ years of experience starting as a graduate from Capilano University with fundamentals in 2D animation. Patricia’s career has ranged from supervising layout and posing on popular 2D shows like “Arthur” and “Caillou”, to storyboarding for hit series like “Pound Puppies” and “Thomas and Friends”, and art direction and production design for the Netflix and Mattel properties “Spy Kids” and “Barbie”, thus garnering her as a well-respected artist in the Vancouver animation community.

Rachit Singh

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Rachit Singh is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in the Media and Entertainment industry. He has designed and contributed to pipelines for various award-winning projects including Last Kids On Earth, Molly Of Denali and Hilda and has worked with studios such as Disney, Dreamworks, Apple, Netflix, Rovio, Sony Entertainment etc. In his current role, as the Head of Technology, 2D, at Atomic Cartoons, Rachit oversees all pipeline development and setup for 2D animation at the studio.

 

With a strong educational background in Information Systems and 2D-3D Animation, he continues to explore new technologies to create efficiencies, improve artists' workflow and experience.

Rose-Ann Tisserand

​Rose-Ann Tisserand is co-founder of Flying Kraken Creative Studios, a boutique, Canadian-based studio that creates original animation content and specializes in award-winning animation design services. She is also Founder and Co-Executive Producer of WIA Vancouver’s award-winning Animation CareerEXCELerator Program(ACE) which advances the careers of those who identify as women into key creative roles by providing mentorship, training, and hands-on experience as they make a short film. Over 5 years, ACE has grown from 5 initial key creative roles in BC to 8 roles from across Canada. ACE is currently sponsored by Netflix Canada, Telefilm and Creative BC. She has worked as a production executive for 22 years over seeing 300+ hours of film and television production. She was supervising producer at Bardel Entertainment, Consulting Producer with the NFB, and is currently Executive Producer/Co-Creator of a series in development with Silvergate Media. She also sits on the Spark Animation Leadership Board and is Executive Advisor on the WIA Vancouver board.

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Sarah Wall

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Sarah has produced over 350 half hours of animated television for a wide range of clients and broadcast partners.  This includes Not Quite Narwhal and Megamind Rules for Dreamworks, My Little Pony for Hasbro, Blaze and the Monster Machines for Nickelodeon and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs for Sony. As VP of Production at a major production studio she supervised a slate of up to 15 concurrent titles with responsibility for budgets, key crew recruiting, managing stakeholder relations and ensuring the creative vision is delivered.  With 25 years of experience in the business, Sarah is keenly aware that every decision is made to drive the best work on screen.  Sarah has a high degree of enthusiasm for creative artistry and new technology, and continues to support the world-class animation community in Vancouver, Canada.

Tara Audibert 

Tara Audibert is a multidisciplinary artist working in film, animation, illustration, and fine art. Tara owns and runs Moxy Fox Studio currently producing the feature film Qaqsoss naka Wahuntuhsis (Fox and the Tiny Demon), TV show Lil Glooscap & the Legends of Turtle Island, short films I am the Warrior, The Importance of Dreaming, comics This Place: 150 Years Retold, and Lost Innocence. Her previous book illustrations include the award-winning Jo Jo Makoons series (by Dawn Quigley), Fiddleheads for Fox, Moonbeam (by Gail Francis) and Loaf the Cat (by Nicholas DeShaw).  She is of hybrid Wolastoqiyik-French heritage and lives in Sunny Corner, New Brunswick, Canada.

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Tatiana Kober

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Tatiana started Bejuba! Entertainment 20 years ago to specialize in the executive production, financing and distribution of quality children’s and family entertainment across all platforms.  The company specializes in coproduction, financing and sales.   Tatiana believes creatives come first  and believes in keeping as much IP ownership in the hands of creators.  A Canadian and German citizen, Bejuba! is proudly Canadian. The company’s catalogue holds over 1000 half hours, that’s over 60 IP’s like “Wishfart” “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave”, “Jeremy and Jazzy”, “The Hive” and “Big Block SingSong”.  Bejuba! has been nominated several times in the Kidscreen Hot 50 as one of the top distribution companies.  Bejuba! is a robust boutique which cherry picks its shows for originality, story and relatability to kids.  

 

Many of the series are award winning. Tatiana is often called upon to speak at conferences around the world. 

Prior to Bejuba!, Tatiana was Managing Director of distributor Egmont Imagination UK where she built the company from scratch for mother ship, Egmont Imagination in Denmark, a subsidiary of the European publishing giant.  She held positions at BBCWW (German Sales Manager (fiction) and Children’s genre specialist, where, at the time, she secured the largest UK drama sale in the history of UK television.   She oversaw the rollout of “Teletubbies” in Germany.  She also worked at Endemol UK as the children’s sales manager, and as a consultant for National Geographic Kids in America.  Tatiana started focusing on the business side of television when she left Canada to work in Tokyo for NHK Japan in the Hi Definition coproduction department.  There she worked with the team to develop documentary co-productions.

Tatiana studied at the prestigious Toronto Metropolitan University (Ryerson) and received a BAA, Bachelor of Applied Arts, in Radio and Television Arts.  Upon graduating, she held various positions at public broadcaster, TVO in Canada, where she worked for 6 years in the Children’s, Science and Current Affairs departments, moving from production coordinator to production assistant to associate producer and director.  
 

Tracey Mack

Tracey is honoured to Executive Produce the ACE program with Women in Animation. She is an award-winning Producer with twenty years of experience, producing over 120 hours of television in both live action & animated film, television and digital media. She is currently COO / Head of Production for Imagine Create Media, where she is a Producer on Scout & The Gumboot Kids for CBC, nominated for both a Prix Jeunesse and NHK Japan Prize.

Through her own company, Urban Safari Entertainment, she has just finished development on the animated feature, A Christmas Crisis, with Hollywood Suite, which she also wrote, and has produced The Adventures of Little Jake & Many Skies for APTN, the award-winning Kids’ Cookhouse, and the web series PARKED.

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Trish Klein

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Trish Klein’s nearly 20 years of music industry experience includes music management, music supervision, music production, audio engineering, event production and music marketing. She began her professional career as multi-instrumentalist / recording artist with the Canadian folk band The Be Good Tanyas, a project she co-founded in 1999. Her writing and production credits span 18 years and 10 international releases and her musical work has been included in various film productions including 'Breaking Bad', 'The L Word', 'Weeds' and the title song for 20th Century Fox feature film 'Because of Winn-Dixie'. In 2014 she launched her own company Hidden City a music supervision and music management company. Trish is excited to bring her unique experience, skills and energy to her work at Core Music Agency.

Vanessa Jacobsen

Vanessa Jacobsen, a Montreal native happily ensconced in the Vancouver scene, founded and owned It's All Fun & Games toy store on Commercial Drive for 17 years before moving on to work in the CG Industry starting with a position with the Vanguard/Starz production of Space Chimps. Vanessa worked for Vancouver Film School where she built strong partnerships in the entertainment arts industry to enhance the student experience and to support graduates transitioning into their careers. As the Head of Department, her connections are far reaching, and Vanessa has been instrumental in successfully guiding and supporting hundreds upon hundreds of students through the program and into successful artists out in industry.

Currently at Bardel Entertainment, Vanessa-in her role in Resource Management, oversees all artist movements across current and future shows. As well, continues to grow the artist management department to better serve artists within the studio. Vanessa also leads in house workshops on a variety of topics including stress management and soft skill improvements. Vanessa has been on a variety of panels at SIGGRAPH, SPARK festivals, Vancouver ACMSIGGRAPH chapter events, and Career Fairs. As a past Board member of WIA Vancouver Education Outreach Track Chair and a current member of the Visual Effects Society, Vanessa continues to strive for diversity and inclusion within our industry for all current and future CG artists.

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Virginie Lavallée

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Virginie is a Film and TV Producer with 15 years of experience in live-action and CG animation. Her live-action films have been screened in festivals around the world, such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival. In 2011 she was offered an unexpected opportunity in the CG world and fell in love with the animation community. Since, she has worked on some of the most exciting properties in the world with partners like Disney, Netflix, HBO, TeamTo and Splash Entertainment.

 

She is also co-founder of The Happy Producers, a virtual community that promotes wellbeing in animation production. Through their e-learning programs, she teaches coordinators and project managers the mindset and strategies for low stress, high efficiency projects.

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